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33 Cookies to Make When Your Pantry Is Bare

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All of these basic cookie recipes use five ingredients or less but still have five-star flavor.

Chocolate Caramel Wafers

Chocolate Caramel WafersTaste of Home

To keep my holiday cooking quick, I’ve come to rely on fast recipes like this one. The crunchy-chewy tidbits are our youngster’s favorite. Here are 7 other cookie recipes anyone can make.

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Shortbread

ShortbreadTaste of Home

“I live in Missouri, but many family recipes come from New Zealand where I was born. My parents moved there when I was a year old, so I have a “Down Under” heritage. These special-occasion cookies bring back warm memories of my childhood, and I’m going to make sure they’re passed on to the next generation in my family…no matter where they live!” —Allen Swenson, Camdenton, Missouri

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Chocolate Almond Drops

Chocolate Almond DropsTaste of Home

“So much rich, chocolaty flavor, so little time! My trufflelike cookies are deceptively easy to make and look so elegant on a party tray.” —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota. File this one under sweet and salty snack recipes you’ll want to make over and over.

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Raspberry Coconut Balls

Raspberry Coconut BallsTaste of Home

“My family loves Hostess Zingers, especially the raspberry flavor coated with coconut. So we came up with this treat to make for school bake sales. We can make about four dozen in 30 minutes, and they sell out fast!” —Pam Clark, Wheaton, Illinois

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Raspberry Almond Strips

Raspberry Almond StripsTaste of Home

Get ready to pour yourself a cup of tea, because you won’t be able to resist sampling one of these cookies. Almonds add taste and texture to the simple strips that are dressed up with raspberry pie filling. If the oven isn’t your thing, here are 30 no-bake recipes you can make tonight.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter CookiesTaste of Home

“It is amazing how much flavor these simple peanut butter cookies without brown sugar have. I make them very often because I always have the ingredients on hand.” —Maggie Schimmel, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Here are 97 of the easiest no-cook, no-bake, no-fuss recipes.

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Tender Pecan Logs

Tender Pecan LogsTaste of Home

“Folks always ask me to make these tender nutty logs. They’re not overly sweet and pair perfectly with a steaming cup of coffee or tea.” —Joyce Beck, Gadsden, Alabama

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Chewy Coconut Macaroons

Chewy Coconut MacaroonsTaste of Home

“These chewy cookies are my husband’s favorites, so he requests them often. I like to make the macaroons on cold winter days and keep them in an airtight bowl on the kitchen counter. They never last long!” —Peggy Key, Grant, Alabama. Looking for more recipes? Here are 8 winning bake sale recipes.

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Mexican Wedding Cakes

Mexican Wedding CakesTaste of Home

“As part of a Mexican tradition, I tucked these tender cookies into small gift boxes for the guests at my sister’s wedding a few years ago. Most folks gobbled them up before they ever got home!” —Sarita Johnston, San Antonio, Texas

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Cranberry Pecan Cookies

Cranberry Pecan CookiesTaste of Home

“These are so tasty and simple to prepare! Each delightful little cookie is loaded with cranberries, nuts, and vanilla, giving them the taste of a treat that’s been slaved over.” —Louise Hawkins, Lubbock, Texas. Also, what’s so special about 350 degrees?

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